SNL Transcripts: Steve Martin: 11/04/78


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 4: Episode 4

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Musical Guest:

Special Guests:


Bit Players:

November 4th, 1978

Steve Martin

Van Morrison



Anne Beatts

Tom Davis

Brian Doyle-Murray

Al Franken

Rosie Shuster
A Special Message From the President of the United StatesSummary: President Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) tries to convince America that inflation can be its friend.

Recurring Characters: President Jimmy Carter.



Steve Martin’s MonologueSummary: Steve Martin jokes about drugs, then rewards Bill Murray for doing various stunts for the audience’s amusement.


Elvis Presley’s CoatSummary: The King may be dead, but his coat lives on and is a major hit at concert performances.


What If?Summary: History professor (Laraine Newman) and flight expert (Garrett Morris) ponder the notion of Elenour Roosevelt (Jane Curtin) flying like a bird during World War 2 combat.

Recurring Characters: Franklin Roosevelt, Elenour Roosevelt.

Theodoric of York: Medieval JudgeRecurring Characters: Theodoric of York, Broom Gilda.


Van Morrison performs “Wavelength”

Weekend Update with Jane Curtin & Bill MurraySummary:

Recurring Characters: Diana Ross.


The Festrunks at the BarSummary: Georg (Steve Martin) and Yortuk (Dan Aykroyd) cruise for swinging chicks (Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Jane Curtin) at a singles bar.

Recurring Characters: Georg Festrunk, Yortuk Festrunk.


Nerds in the HospitalRecurring Characters: Lisa Loopner, Todd DiLaMuca, Charles Knerlman, Mrs. Loopner, Grant Robinson Jr.


Looks at BooksTranscript

Van Morrison performs “Kingdom Hall”

Annoying WaiterSummary: A wisecracking waiter (Dan Aykroyd) serves dinner to Steve Martin and Gilda Radner while doing impressions of their characters and routines.

Note: Because the show ran long, this sketch ended abruptly. Steve Martin promises to do the sketch again the next time he hosts, which doesn’t happen because Dan Aykroyd left the show at the end of this season.



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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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